why we exist

The issues we're working to address

The prevalence of mental health and wellbeing issues is similar across Australian communities, but the impact runs far deeper in rural and remote communities. Social, economic and geographic barriers to help-seeking prevent many from accessing support, leading to poor mental health and wellbeing outcomes.

Suicide rates in remote and very remote areas are
times higher than in major cities
the median age of Western Queenslanders* compared to the Queensland median age of 37 years
Psychologists per 100,000 people in very remote communities compared to 73 in major cities
%
of families in West Queensland Primary Health Network catchment had a household income of less than $33,800 per year.
%
of very remote children considered developmentally vulnerable in one or more domains
%
of people in West Queensland highest level of school of year 11 or 12 compared to the Queensland average of 58.9%.
%
unemployment rate in West Queensland compared to 6% in wider Queensland.
%
of people living in West Queensland are at risk of developing a mental health disorder.
Suicide rates for 15-24 year olds in West Queensland are
times higher than the Queensland average for the same age group.

* Western Queenslanders refers to people living in the West Queensland Primary Health Network region.